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Bible Christians
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The Bible Christians are a small denomination that emerged in 1815 from Wesleyan Methodism in the wake of William O'Bryan (1778–1868), a lay evangelist who refused to accept the discipline of preaching appointments in WesleyanMethodism. Their theology (Arminians: II) and organization remained Methodist in the Wesleyan (J. Wesley) sense. The Bible Christians favored revivalistic worship and a simple lifestyle. Many of their first preachers were women. Originating in the rural southwest of England, the movement spread along the …

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Wainwright, Geoffrey, “Bible Christians”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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